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Computational Scientist 2

Company: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location: Salem
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

The Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate (EBSD) leads novel and necessary research in three core areas: Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Environmental Molecular Sciences. The contributions of EBSD staff are many as we continue to elevate the impact of PNNL's science mission: to understand, predict, and control the complex adaptive systems underlying the science behind Earth, energy, and security.
The Biological Sciences Division (BSD) at PNNL is seeking a Computational Scientist to contribute to research on the molecular processes in controlling the functioning of biological and ecological systems across spatial and temporal scales. The candidate will design, develop and implement methods for mass spectrometry data analysis processes into robust open-source software. The candidate will be responsible for software development and validation for metabolomics and proteomics data processing from high-throughput mass spectrometry platforms and be expected to work directly with analytical chemists and experimental biologists in interdisciplinary teams. Proficiency in scripting languages (Python, R) and knowledge of software engineering best practices is expected, and experience with software containerization and cloud native applications is highly desirable. The candidate should have excellent communication skills with a demonstrated interest in multi-disciplinary, collaborative research.

  • Work in interdisciplinary teams to design, develop, and implement methods, processes, and systems to manage and analyze complex, high-dimensional, and high-volume mass spectrometry data

  • Apply knowledge of data modeling and high-performance data architectures to develop data handling and processing software using industry-established software engineering principals and best practices

  • Contribute to open-source scientific software to support exploratory data analysis from complex and high-dimensional metabolomics and proteomics datasets

  • Participate in educational programs for BSD staff and collaborators to champion robust and sustainable scientific software practices

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • BS/BA and 2 years of relevant experience -OR-

    • MS/MA -OR-

    • PhD

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • Degree(s) in bioinformatics, cheminformatics, computational biology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, or related fields is preferred.

      • High level proficiency in scripting languages (Python, R)

      • Proficient working in software development platforms (GitLab, GitHub)

      • Experience with software containerization and Kubernetes environment

      • Knowledge of analytical chemistry, specifically mass spectrometry

      • Experience with processing and interpretation of omics data including metabolomics and/or proteomics

      • Strong communications skills in an interdisciplinary environment

      • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, creativity and the ability to work with abstract concepts to develop innovative analytical methods

        Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
        Not applicable.
        Additional Information
        Not applicable.
        Testing Designated Position
        This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP).
        About PNNL
        Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!
        At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State-the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab's campus is only a 45-minute flight (or -3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.
        Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity
        Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.
        Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.
        We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .
        Drug Free Workplace
        PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.
        If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.
        Mandatory Requirements
        Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a "country of risk" without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.
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        Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance*, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave**, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan* and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

        • Research Associates excluded.

          **Once eligibility requirements are met.
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